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476th Fighter Group
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Emblem of the 476th Fighter Group
Active 1943-1960, 2009-present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Fighter
Size Group
Garrison/HQ Moody AFB

The 476 Fighter Group (476 FG) is a United States Air Force Reserve unit, stationed at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.

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Overview

Assigned to the 442d Fighter Wing, at Whiteman AFB, Missouri, the 476th Fighter Group is an Air Force Reseve associate unit linked to the 23rd Fighter Group at Moody. The 442 FW oversees the 476th FG's administrative and mission-support needs not provided by Moody's host, active-duty wing.

The group works under its own command structure but integrates its operations with the 23rd Wing's 74th and 75th Fighter Squadrons and 23rd Maintenance Group. The group currently has approximately 115 Airmen consisting of traditional Reservists, air reserve technicians and civilians. Eventually, the 476th will grow to about 230 traditional Reservists and full-timers, including 20 in the 76th FS, 160 in the 476th MXS and 23 in the medical flight. The remaining airmen will serve on the group staff.

The 476 FG consists of the following units:

History

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Lineage

  • Constituted as 476th Fighter Group on 20 Apr 1943
Activated in China on 19 May 1943 with no squadrons assigned
Disbanded in China on 31 Jul 1943.
  • Reconstituted on 11 Oct 1943
Activated on 1 Dec 1943
Disbanded on 1 Apr 1944.
  • Reconstituted and redesignated 476th Fighter Group (Air Defense), on 11 Dec 1956.
Activated on 8 Feb 1957
Discontinued on 1 Apr 1960.
  • Redesignated 476th Tactical Fighter Group on 31 Jul 1985 (Remained inactive)
  • Redesignated 476th Fighter Group on 6 Jan 2009.
Activated on 1 Feb 2009

Assignments

Units assigned

  • 13th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron: 2 Jul 1959-1 Apr 1960
  • 76th Fighter Squadron: 1 Feb 2009 -present
  • 453d Fighter Squadron: 1 Dec 1943-1 Apr 1944
  • 541st Fighter Squadron: 1 Dec 1943-1 Apr 1944
  • 542d Fighter Squadron: 1 Dec 1943-1 Apr 1944
  • 543d Fighter Squadron: 1 Dec 1943-1 Apr 1944

Stations

Operations

Activated in China on 19 May 1943 and assigned to Fourteenth Air Force, but never made operational and was disbanded two months later. Reactivated in the United States on 1 Dec 1943 as a First Air Force replacement training unit with four squadrons assigned, however the squadrons apparently did not become operational and group was disbanded on 1 Apr 1944.

Activated again on 8 Feb 1957 as part of Air Defense Command. Was involved in activation of Glasgow AFB, Montana, but did not operate as a separate unit until 9 Mar 1959. Mission was training air defense crews until being inactivated on 1 Apr 1960.

Stood up as an Air Force Reserve associate unit equipped with A-10 Thunderbolt IIs linked to the 23rd Fighter Group in July 2009.

References

PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
  • 442d FW units page

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